22 Disturbing Movie Moments That Haunt Your Dreams

A mark of a good movie is that viewers will remember a particular scene for years to come, or one day, randomly, it will pop up in their heads. Now, if that movie moment is creepy, gruesome, or horrifying, you will find it will haunt your dreams for years. Below are fans’ top choices of movie scenes that plague their nightmares to date!

1. Final Destination 2 (2003)

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Final Destination movie was bound to be among fans’ top picks of movie moments that haunt your dreams. A lot of fans have mentioned the scene with the timber-carrying van, where, while driving, one of the logs flies off and smashes into the car behind, killing the driver. It is just one of those scenes due to which many millennials claim they will never drive behind a timber-carrying van.

2. American History X (1998)

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This film is a crime thriller about a high school student named Danny, who is becoming a Neo-Nazi. At the same time, his brother, a former member of the group, tries to convince him to leave. To keep the spoilers to a minimum, let’s just say the curb scene, precisely the sound of teeth clicking on the curb, is something you won’t easily forget. So be prepared!

3. The Road (2009)

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It is a movie set in post-apocalyptic America, where a father and son are on the move to try to find a safe place to stay to avoid the cannibals plaguing the streets. One fan shares the scene when the two stumble upon a house, thinking it to be safe, and find a group of people eating a man piece-by-piece as he lies withering in pain. We can imagine that won’t be the easiest thing to forget.

4. The Green Mile (1999)

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The Green Mile movie is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, and it is a crime-fantasy story. The story’s male protagonist is Paul, whose life changed after meeting an inmate with a special gift. As with every Stephen King story, this one is pretty iconic, too, but according to fans in this film, some electrocution scenes are impossible to forget.

5. Misery (1990)

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Another Stephen King classic, this time from the horror-crime genre. This story is about a novelist rescued by a nurse (supposedly his superfan) after an accident. But very quickly, he realized that the nurse was a total psychopath. Fans say that a particular scene showing an ankle-breaking was horrible to watch as a kid and gave some nightmares.

6. Saw II (2005)

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The Saw movies franchise is very famous, and Saw II is a continuation of the first movie, so you may have to watch that one to understand the references. Most fans have mentioned this film and accompanied it, saying that the entire movie was awful to watch and they could not forget it for some time, so they can’t even pick a single moment.

7. Hereditary (2018)

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Hereditary is another horror genre movie making it onto this list. It is the story of Annie and her family, who start seeing strange things after her mother’s passing. Every event brings them closer to discovering the truths behind Annie’s ancestry. The most popular disturbing moment in this film is the accident, amongst many others.

8. Annihilation (2018)

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One fan writes that a scene from Annihilation with the bear was the most horrifying scene they have ever watched. It was so bad that the monster bothered them even weeks after they watched the movie. Some say the bear’s screams of its victim’s name were right behind in the nightmares. So be careful before you commit to this science-fiction horror film.

9. The Quiet Place (2018)

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The Quiet Place is about a world that is filled with blood-thirsty monsters that are blind but sound-sensitive. To cope with that, the entire family on which the movie is based uses sign language for communication. Now imagine the main character, Emily Blunt, who steps onto a nail barefoot while carrying a baby. Yeah, that image would not be out of your mind for some time.

10. Trainspotting (1996)

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It is a crime movie involving some narcotics and their usage. You would not think you would see something that horrible in a film like this, but you will. However, audiences were pretty divided on this scene (they all know which); seeing the corpse of a baby in a crib was a gruesome sight. It’s especially triggering for people who may have kids, so be careful.

11. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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This is a miniseries with two full-length films on Netflix. However, the original story is adapted from a novel of the same name by author Shirley Jackson. As the name can tell you, it’s a horror story, especially the reveal of the “bent neck” lady will never let you forget you watched this film!

12. The Shining (1980)

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Another Stephen King story has made it here, by famous fans’ choice. If you’re a millennial reading this, you have probably watched this movie as a child, and we all know we have never known a night’s peace since then (is that even exaggeration?). One fan says if they had to choose, they’d say the bathtub scene was pretty freaky.

13. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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This is a fantasy story about a girl named Ofelia who moves into her stepfather’s house with her mother, where a fairy tells her that she is a princess if she completes three tasks. Fans say they will never forget the bottle-in-the-face scene in this film.

14. Fire in the Sky (1993)

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For people who like movies with aliens and all that science-fiction stuff, this might be the movie for you. But beware of the scene where the aliens are experimenting on the guy. A user has written that that scene was burned in their brain, and they find it scary.

15. The Mist (2007)

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Fans claim that the ending of this film was so emotionally triggering that they hated it when they were a kid. It is so bad that the original author, Stephen King, said the film’s ending was worse than the one he had written in the books. All of this, including some gruesome deaths, let’s see how you forget that.

16. The Revenant (2015)

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This film is about a bear and what happens when Hugh Glass is severely injured after surviving a bear attack. In a movie with a bear attack, fans say the scene where the bear mauls the person was terrible. And as the person lived in a bear county, they were always paranoid during hiking trips.

17. Hostel (2005)

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When traveling backpackers are misguided to visit a hotel that is not what they have been told, they see some terrifying things. Hostel is a horror film and a particular scene where a person’s Achilles has been slashed causes one fan to feel real cramps in their calves every time they think about it.

18. Tusk (2014)

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You’d be surprised to find Tusk, a horror comedy film, on this list, but here we are. Multiple fans have said that Tusk is one of those movies, after which you would say, “What did I even watch?”. Another fan writes it has the worst ending scenes ever in any horror movie.

19. Schindler’s List (1993)

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This is a war documentary; no one would probably imagine seeing a documentary here. But it is a war documentary, so you get to see the horrors that oppressors casually commit, and they are disturbing to digest. Such as the scene where guards use prisoners as “target practice.” What cruelty!

20. Zodiac (2007)

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This film is about a cartoonist who becomes obsessed with the Zodiac killer. He then spends so much time investigating it that he comes so close to revealing the killer’s identity. Since the movie is based on a killer, you will see a lot of killings, and they are ferocious, so you probably won’t be forgetting them anytime soon.

21. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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It is a star-studded masterpiece starring people like Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Vin Diesel. Even though it is a war movie, some scenes are very brutal, like the knife scene at the end, which messed up one user.

22. The Never Ending Story (1984)

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This is a fantasy story about a boy who escapes his bullies and is led to a bookstore, where he is drawn into a mythical world. Fans claim that the movie is pretty good, but the scene with the swamp was pretty terrifying to watch and made quite a few appearances in dreams later on!

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